This is with reference to your editorial published on March 10th under the caption, "No money for Education". It is an ineffable pity that as many as 10,000,000 children who should have been in schools are deprived of the preliminary education in Pakistan. The said figure is equal to the entire population of the Punjab metropolis, Lahore. The plausible justification put forward by some quarters is that Pakistan is a developing country and due to grinding poverty, the parents cannot send their children to schools. It is ludicrous and laughable as more than 26 countries poorer than ours are educating their children with great dedication and devotion. Bangladesh and some of the countries of South Asia are light years ahead of us as far as literacy is concerned. To have education is an inalienable right of every citizen of Pakistan. According to Article 25A of our constitution, a person being deprived of education can knock the door of court for this fundamental right. Pakistan spends only an infinitesimal amount of 1.5 percent of its budget on education whereas the spending on Defense is 5.2 billion rupees and each year there is an increase in it. On the other hand, 30,000 schools are in a tumbledown condition and 21,000 are without walls and roofs. I wonder why we rejoice to be a nuclear country when our literacy rate is far less than many a non-nuclear country. If the government does not give priority to education at its earliest, we will have to face fiasco in every department of life in foreseeable future. MUBUSHAR ALI SULEHRIA, Wah Cantt, March 11.